Where in the jungle are the animals?

Trip Start Dec 12, 2010
Trip End Dec 16, 2012

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Amazonas,
Friday, April 8, 2011

The Amazon Rainforest is the biggest rainforest in the world covering hundreds of thousands of square kilometres in the countries of Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and Peru. So when we visited the Brazilian Amazon, we were in search of jungle animals, but where in the jungle were the animals?

Via wooden canoes, we travelled to our jungle lodge along Rio Ubajara, a tributary of the mighty Amazon River. Here we did in fact see the famous pink dolphin, and attempted piranha fishing, but we wanted to get to the jungle to find some jungle animals, but when we did, we asked ourselves, ' where are all the animals'?

A night canoe into the flooded forest we were in search for the Amazon’s own crocodile, the "Caiman". We found a few including babies, but still we were anticipating our visit deep into the jungle to ask ourselves, ‘Where are all the animals’.

With our daypacks and hammocks in hand, we went deep into the Amazon jungle to spend the night. No accommodation in sight, so why not use the wood of the forest to make our own. So we were set up with hammock shelters, wood fire kitchen and plates and cutlery made from materials from the forest. Next thing to do was to find some animals, but soon we did ask ourselves, ‘Where are all the animals?’

Tramping through the jungle we were in search for animals like monkeys, sloths, toucans and jaguars. We found tarantulas, massive ones at that, a fire snake and a Tarzan swing to keep our jungle habits about, but other animals, no matter how many calls we made, we could not find the animals. In the biggest rainforest in the whole world, we found ourselves asking ‘Where are all the animals?’

We spent a night in our hammocks, in our self-made accommodation deep in the Amazon jungle. As we went to sleep we could hear the sounds of the jungle animals. The same animals we could not find, the animals we expected to find easily. But then we realised, this is the biggest rainforest in the word, and it is so huge and I really don’t blame the animals for hiding away as it is their territory and in private, they wanted to remain.

So, if you ever get the opportunity to visit the Amazon Rainforest, don’t be na´ve like we first were, instead embrace the thick jungle atmosphere, enjoy the animal and plant species you do get to see and walk away knowing you have just experienced one of the most important, yet fragile environments on our earth.

In saying that we are the lucky ones, not only to have visited the Brazilian Amazon, but to have celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary there. What an interesting place to spend a special day, and I know the jungle animals were looking on from deep inside the Amazon.
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